Give Up or Move On

By Luna Huynh

Sixteen isn’t too young, and of course,

it isn’t too old.

But she’s old enough to know what is right and what is wrong.

She’s old enough to make a decision for her life.

Tired of finding out what the teacher’s taste is to get good grades,

tired of studying everything – twelve subjects in order,

tired of spending six days a week at school and

many more hours at extracurricular courses.

A girl in search of something different,

Bravely set a goal to reach, and

ready to face challenges that arise

in spite of her parent’s and even her own fears.

August 17, the day she leaves everything familiar,

Her mother gives her a lotus and tells her:

Whenever you feel like you want to give up, look at this lotus and

remember the reason why you decided to do what you’re doing right now.

Cross a great wide ocean to a different time zone,

a strange environment, a new school system,

new people with different skin colors and a new language that

she can’t even begin to figure out how to learn.

She questions herself and wonders if she wants to return home as a failure.

How can she learn subjects taught in English when she still has to learn English itself?

The thought of failing at what she wished for bothers her

for months and months,

she is filled with doubts and homesickness.

A lotus reminds her of what her mother said,

Give Up or Move On, Give Up or Move On, Give Up or Move On

That thought’s still whirling in her mind.

Move On.

Cuộc sống là một hành trình đầy thú vị

cho phép chúng ta trải nghiệm những cảm xúc khác nhau.

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